This week in the House

Week beginning Monday, 8 February 2016

Sitting week beginning Monday, 8 February 2016 – 2nd House sitting week of the 44th Parliament's 2016 autumn sittings.

This page summarises matters expected to be considered by the House of Representatives and its Federation Chamber. It is updated weekly during sittings. For a full report of the business dealt with, including a list of documents presented, go to the Votes and Proceedings. To read the debates, including question time, go to Hansard.

For details about the proposed program of business for each sitting of the House and Federation Chamber and that sitting’s public hearings of House and joint committees go to the House Daily Program (usually available at least 1 hour before the House is scheduled to meet).


On Monday in the House at 10.20am Mr Katter (Ind, Kennedy, Qld) is expected to introduce the Renewable Fuel Bill 2016.

Government bills are expected to be introduced into the House this week. These bills will be listed on the House Daily Program  and the text of each bill will be available on the Bills and Legislation page after it is introduced. Details of bills to be introduced are not available prior to their introduction.

On Monday in the Federation Chamber, at approximately 1.20pm, debate is expected to be resumed on the Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, a private member’s bill introduced on 17 August 2015 by Mr Entsch (Lib, Leichhardt, Qld)

In the House during the week it is planned to resume debate on the following Government bills already introduced (note – these plans may change as the week unfolds, especially if some of the bills listed below are referred to the Federation Chamber by the House):

House Chamber 





Federation Chamber

In the Federation Chamber it is planned to resume debate on the following bills:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

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Committee and delegation reports and statements and private Members’ motions

On Tuesday at 10.10am , statements are expected to be made on the progress of the following committee inquiry:

On Monday at 10.20am, the following private Members’ motions will be debated in the House:

At approximately 11.00am the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber:

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Auditor-General’s reports

2015-16 reports of the Auditor-General may be presented after question time on sitting days.

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Matters of Public Importance

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after question time, in accordance with the House's standing orders, it is possible for the House to discuss a matter of public importance (MPI).

If an MPI is proposed by a Member, and is in order, the subject of the MPI will be announced shortly after midday on each of these days and made available on the website. If more than one MPI is proposed the Speaker will decide which MPI is the most urgent and important to be submitted to the House that day.

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Grievance debate

In accordance with standing orders Grievance Debate is held on sitting Mondays in the Federation Chamber. At no later than 8pm debate is resumed on the question ‘That grievances be noted’ and debate ensues for one hour. Debate on the question is practically unlimited in scope, giving Members the opportunity, in 10 minute speeches, to raise matters in which they have a particular interest or to discuss complaints of constituents.

For details about House and Federation Chamber debate times see the order of business diagram.

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This week Members' may present petitions during the time reserved for Members' Statements in the House and the Federation Chamber, during the Adjournment Debates of the House and the Federation Chamber.

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Sitting hours for this week

This week the House is expected to sit on Monday to Thursday in a pattern similar to that described in the Infosheet  2: A typical sitting day.

The Federation Chamber is also expected to meet on

For details about House and Federation Chamber standard hours see the order of business diagrams.

Following proceedings in the House

You can track each item of business as it is being done in the House Chamber and the House Main Committee by using LiveMinutes, which is an online version of the Draft Minutes.  

You can see proceedings of the House Chamber and Federation Chamber via the webcasts at the Watch Parliament page.

Replays of Question Time are available to view from you desktop, iOS or Android device from the About the House news page. Question Time replays are also available from our Youtube channel

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